Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich speaks at a town hall at Thomas Farms Community Center in Rockville, Md., April 25, 2016.
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Kasich looks to Oregon’s mid-May primary

The primary is nearly a month away, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign will be on the airwaves in Oregon Wednesday. It’s a significant move for the cash-strapped campaign, but a sign that it is taking advantage of an agreement with rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on an effort to keep Trump from winning the Republican nomination outright.

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Ted Cruz’s campaign surrogate Rep. Mark Meadows and Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, Ron Christie, discuss the recent alliance between John Kasich and Ted Cruz and comment on whether this will actually help or hurt Donald Trump.
Kasich agreed to halt spending resources in Indiana, while Cruz, in turn, will not spend money or time in Oregon and New Mexico.

“Ted Cruz pulled out of Oregon,” the narrator in the ad says, “And John Kasich is the only one that can stop Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton.”

The 30-second ad shows a mock Oregon primary ballot, uses images of the Portland skyline and touts Kasich’s favorability ratings and general election poll numbers.

Kasich’s campaign has purchased a “significant buy” in the Beaver State which holds its primary May 17th. The campaign would not clarify details on how much they are spending.

The ads will launch the day before Gov. Kasich campaigns in the state on Thursday with town halls in Portland and Medford.

There have not been any significant polls in Oregon, but Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver, wrote in his memo Sunday night that they believe they have the potential do well in Oregon and New Mexico because the states are “structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well.” 

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Kasich looks to Oregon's mid-May primary